Established in 1990 by Prince Charles, Duchy Originals is a pioneer of the organic food movement. Beginning with a humble oaten biscuit in 1992, a recent partnership with Waitrose means the Duchy range will include over 500 organic products (see video below). Despite their success Duchy have remained true to the laudable values laid out in their good food charter.
Duchy are good for the environment as they are 100% organic, so no nasties, and their small producer base ensures, they remain accountable.
Duchy do good as 100% of their profits go to the Prince’s Charities Foundation, with over £6m donated so far. So as you reach for their chocolate covered toffee biscuits on the supermarket shelf you are helping to fund arts projects in Kabul and getting young people into employment in Glasgow.
Duchy taste pretty good as well! Don’t take my word for it (although their damson jam is good on toast) but that of the experts at the Great Taste Awards 2009, where Duchy was awarded 7 Gold merits for faultless flavours!
Duchy promotes a “virtuous circle” of sustainable farming, traditional skills and natural production to create a product base which will ensure your tummy AND your conscience are satisfied!
Susan Dixon is a freelance writer.